As a successful pattern designer, Cathy Wiggins' life took a major turn when she discovered and fell in love with the beauty and flexibility that leather offered. Not one to shy away from a challenge, she sold her entire fabric collection to fully embrace leather and to take quilting to a whole new level. Cathy teaches you the properties of leather and a wide array of options for incorporating it into your quilting. From embellishment to quilting, you will never look at leather the same way again. Then TQS visits the home, studio and gardens of North Carolina artist Hollis Chatelain to see where she works, creates, and plays.
Cathy shares how she first started working with leather in her quilts and how she sold her entire fabric collection once she was certain of the new path she wanted to take.
Cathy and Alex discuss working with leather, including using the proper tools, stabilizing the leather, marking, trimming, binding, and quilting.
Cathy talks to Ricky about dyeing and painting leather and they discuss making a test strip. They also discuss other options including pre-punching holes, using a die cutter, and molding wet leather. Cathy also gives other ideas for using leather including making a carpet bag, repurposing jeans, and adding embellishments.
A visit and tour of Hollis Chatelain's home, studio and gardens. See where she works, creates and plays.
Cathy talks about creating the studio of her dreams.